Dementia Day Centre

Dementia Day Centre

Official Opening on 1 April 2010

The official opening in April was a great success with special guest Mr. Paul Lynch, NSW Minister for Ageing, Disability and Aboriginal Affairs, officially opening the new Dementia Day Centre in Kite Street, Orange. The house was funded by under the Home and Community Care (HACC) program and built on land donated by UnitingCare Ageing. 

 

The centre has been named “Alan and Judy’s Place” so that people with dementia will feel they are going to a friend’s home to relax or join in activities in a secure environment. The house is specifically designed for people with dementia to enable them to receive care in a soothing and homelike atmosphere. 

 

A quiet room, secured sensory garden, lounge room with ornamental fireplace, dining and functional kitchen are included in the design. Key design elements include contrasting colour schemes to separate spaces and accentuate access to different areas in the house, eliminating complex patterns, controlled lighting and landmarks such as a grandfather clock, and meat safe, to identify particular areas in the house.  

 

Carers are able to take a break while their family member attends the centre.  A range of activities and meals are provided by staff and volunteers trained in dementia care. The safety of the clients is monitored by closed circuit TV while access control systems protect clients who might wander.

 

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